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Lesson # Genesis 4:6-7
Study Material - Genesis 4:6-7
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6 Then the LORD said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 'If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.'
2 Pet. 3:9, God does not wish anyone to perish. He would rather that all clearly identify and understand the reality of the situation here on earth and see and understand that what God does, He does for our best interest. Here God communicates to Cain. Asking the question so that Cain will understand that it is his failure which has caused his rejection.
Why did Cain feel down? He did not listen to the instruction given him by Adam and probably God as well. He tried to generate his own method of worship, but not of God or to God. Cain tried to bring God down to his level, rather than looking up to Gods level and recognizing that God is the superior being, not man. Remember Gods reminder to Adam? From the dust you came? Cain seems to have forgotten this. He is only dust. And not just any dust, but common dust, ordinary dust, nothing special. Dust that man and animal defecate on, walk on, dust that blows in the wind, with no anchor to hold it down. This is the position of mankind. Ezek. 18:25, Gods ways are not equal with our ways. His ways are right and correct. Mans ways are incorrect. Man was given the earth to subdue it and do with it as he wished. We have seen many thousands of years of man working with this world, and only in the last couple of centuries, has the great industrial revolution taken place. Only in the last few decades has the technological explosion occurred. But too there have been tremendous archeological finds in recent years to support the history of the ancient world. Why did the Dead Sea Scrolls sit in a cave for a couple of thousand years to be found just a few decades ago? Why did the Valley of the Kings in Egypt not get discovered until this last century with many of its inscriptions verifying the history disclosed in the Bible.
Yet all that mankind has discovered and invented, none of it has solved the sin nature of man, nor improved the eternal status of mans soul. There is nothing wrong with these discoveries. We would not be having this study on the internet had it not been for the technology of the current day. There was nothing wrong with Cain's chosen occupation. What was wrong was his decision to reject Gods way and try to gain Gods approval by means of his own effort. He did not really want Gods approval anyway. He merely wanted god to grant him the right to do as he pleased regardless of the realities of truth. This truth includes the status and power of sin. One cannot ignore God and ignore sin too. We either follow Gods way or we follow an alternate way and the alternate way is controlled by sin whether we want to accept that or not. There is no middle ground and no third alternative.
God points out to Cain that He, God, has done nothing wrong. God has done everything right. God has provided everything necessary for man. Cain did not cause the plants to grow, yet he takes credit for his own effort. He did not control the harvest, yet he takes credit to himself for the abundance produced. Where God in reality provided for both the growth and the production. But Cain did not recognize this fact.
So Cain had no reason for being angry with God. And God points out the road to blessing. Do right and receive blessing and do wrong and receive cursing. Either you master sin or it will master you. And there is only one way to master sin and that is through Bible doctrine in the soul. Gods Word is the only means of offsetting the power of sin. It has to be countered by a greater power. And that power comes through learning Bible doctrine and advancing in ones spiritual life. To do otherwise is living in an illusion. The illusion that one can rise above ones own weaknesses. And that is impossible. Only through the residence of Bible doctrine in the soul does one have the ability and the resources to rise above and defeat sin in the life.
Adam was warned that the day he ate of the fruit which was forbidden that dying he would die. His human spirit died immediately and faith was required to regenerate a new human spirit. So now Cain received his warning, but his was not of impending death for he was born without a human spirit and under the curse of the seed of Adam, which was spiritual death. Cain's warning was that continued wrong doing, or rejection of Gods plan would result in permanent death and the second death and judgment at the end of human history. If you do right, means believe in the savior to come, and this is expressed by faith. The sacrifices were the overt expression of acceptance of Gods plan. But Cain did not do right. He, of his own volition, and full knowledge of the facts, decided against God. He fell into sin and would eventually fall into violence.
We have the choice of being slaves of God, which is actually freedom, and freedom far beyond that offered by any nation on this earth, now, or in past or future history. Or we can choose to be slaves to sin. Again, these are the only choices. There is no third option. Cain was not really a bad person. He was righteous in his own eyes, and sought to do good. Unfortunately he sought his own good rather than Gods good.
Too many people in this world do this very thing. They seek life in their own definition of human dignity, and this is a false concept. They fool themselves, and as Cain fell further under the control of the sin nature, so also these people who reject God, will fall deeper under the control of the sin nature. The real danger is that there is a point which a person will eventually cross and the road back becomes impossible. When we get to Pharaoh we will see that point of no return. But that is a ways off yet.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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